Monday, February 24, 2014

Everyday and Everywhere

- It is clear here that it's the parents' important responsibility to train, educate, disciple, equip, and nurture our children with God's Word.
- For the perpetuation of God's principles among His people, they were not to only depend on public instruction, but were to teach their children diligently at home. Back in the Old Testament time, books were few and scattered, the people were to write important parts of the Law on their doorposts and tie them on their hands/arms and foreheads, and talk of them constantly. Passing on the faith was at the very center of God's law. Eternal truths are most effectively learned in the loving environment of a God-fearing, God-honoring home.
- I am thankful for homeschooling. It gives me plenty of opportunities daily to impress God's Word on my children, to talk & discuss about the Scriptures, and to answer any questions they may have about God and His Word. Teaching about God and His Word needs to be an integral part of life, using the context of daily experiences. We must help our children see God in all aspects of life. In our family, we desire God's Word to be heard, seen (displayed), read, studied, memorized, and applied everyday and everywhere.
- We must teach our kids to love and follow God; otherwise, the world will teach them to love and follow the world (worldliness). We also must live out our faith at home. Our children are learning from us, whether we realize it or not. To them, the things we do or don't do speak just as loudly as the things we say. Do we live each day by the Book (God's Word)? The previous verses right before these say, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts." (Deuteronomy 6:4-6) Our children can tell if these commandments are on our hearts and being lived out in our lives or not. It will not do our children any good if we do not walk the talk! Hypocrisy in parent(s) will likely turn children away from God.

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